I was at the gas pumps this morning a little frustrated by the inability of the machine to read my card. A lady at one of the other pumps came by and as she passed, she gave me a smile and said, ‘good morning’. That smile and cheerfulness changed my outlook and interestingly, that of the pumps as well for my card now worked!
How many times has a smile made your day? A simple gesture given freely can and does make a difference in people’s lives. You don’t know the burden anyone you meet or pass by is carrying.
Smiles convey a happy workplace. Seeing clerks in a store who smile and honestly look like the enjoy working in that environment encourage customers to return. It is a place you want to give your business. No-one likes going to a store or business where everyone looks like they lost their best friend.
People are genuinely more attractive when they smile. The wrinkles you get around the mouth and eyes as we age show that we have had a lot to smile about in our lives. Studies have shown that people are treated differently when they smile, it encourages positive interactions.
In Buffer, Leo Widrich’s blog ‘The Science of Smiling…’, he says, “Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that chocolate, a well-recorded pleasure-inducer, cannot match.
And, unlike chocolate, a smile does not cost anything! So smile, and see the power it unleashes!
“The expression one wears on one’s face is far more important than the clothes one wears on one’s back.” Dale Carnegie
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